Boise school board members backed a scheduling comprise on Monday night, voting to begin next school year Aug. 20. For months, parents, staffers, students and local businesses have engaged in a spirited debate over when to begin the school year, Idaho EdNews reports.
After surveying patrons this spring, district officials originally proposed an Aug. 15 start day. They argued such a move would allow the district end the first semester before winter break, and then end the school year before Memorial Day. But the early start date riled some residents and business owners. Opponents, including officials from a local water park, organized a social media opposition campaign called Save Idaho Summers that pushed back and called for more public outreach.
School officials recognized the concerns, and floated a compromise last month that moved the start date back to Aug. 20. By shuffling in-service days, the scheduling compromise still called for the ending the first semester before winter break. That’s the plan board members approved Monday. You can read Idaho EdNews’ full report here.